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LGBT Icon Edith Windsor Dies in the US
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of September 15, 2017) On September 12, 2017, Edith Windsor died at the age of 88. As a strong voice in the fight for gay rights, she had won her case when in 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the US law of succession was homophobic and two years later legalized same-sex marriage in all of the US.
Edith Windsor married three times: In 1950, she married Saul Windsor but the couple divorced only one year later. The second time she got married in Canada in 2007, and the third time in the US in September 2016 when same-sex marriage had become legal, partly due to her own work.
The following interview with Edith Windsor and actor/activst James Lecesne was recorded on November 22, 2016:
Edith Windsor lived together with her companion Thea Spyer for more than 40 years, and both were very active in the LGBT community. As Thea was suffering from a degenerative illness, the two married in Canada in 2007, two years before Thea passed away.
Ms Windsor was supposed to pay 363,053 USD in estate taxes, due on her inheritance from Thea, because the two women were not legally married under US law.
She appealed against this estate tax notification, and so the case USA vs. Windsor became one of the two cases that made the Supreme Court overthrow the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) in 2013. Another legal case (Obergefell vs. Hodges) was the reason for the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015.
Here is an interview with Edith Windsor and her lawyer Roberta Kaplan. The two women talk about June 26, 2013 when the Supreme Court ruled that Edith and Thea and many other same-sex couples in the US had the right to marry or have their marriages recognized by the federal state.
Edith married her companion Judith Kasen in October 2016. Judith underlined how important Edith and her activist work were for the LGBT movement.
Many people praised Edith Windsor and her work, such as Barack Obama who stressed how much she had changed America, and Bill Clinton during whose presidency DoMA was enacted.